New rules of the road for $4B DHS financial management buy

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The Department of Homeland Security is easing conflict-of-interest rules for a pair of related financial services procurements.

As part of a multibillion push to modernize financial systems, DHS is planning two major solicitations: a blanket purchase agreement for financial systems software integration and an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity vehicle to acquire commercial off-the-shelf financial management software.

The agency is looking to impose new discipline and standardization of business processes and accounting across its many far-flung components, while taking advantage of the scalability of cloud-based software-as-service offerings.

In Oct. 18 updates to the Enterprise Financial System Integrator (EFIS) and the Enterprise Financial Management System (EFiMS) solicitations, DHS indicated that companies can bid and win both the services BPA and the software IDIQ as a prime or subcontractor, with any conflicts of interest to be hashed out at the BPA level, if necessary.

Previously, DHS had stated that bidders on the EFIS BPA could not also join in the competition for the software and systems award.

EFIS has a projected ceiling value of $1 billion over 10 years. EFiMS has a $3 billion ceiling over 20 years.

The update also indicated that both requests for proposals will be released Oct. 30. Quotations are due from bidders on Nov. 21, with an eye to an award at the end of February 2020.

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Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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